Learning for Purpose: Researching the Social Return on Education and Training in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector is a ground breaking, national research program that investigates capacity building through professional development for the Australian Not-for-Profit sector. The aim is to systematically understand, evaluate, and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the key competencies for realising social change.
The applied research is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia, realised in close collaboration with the Australian Scholarships Foundation, and first-round funded by the Origin Foundation. Through this research all partners seek to inform theory, practice and policy about maximising NFPs capability and effectiveness so they achieve their social and community objectives.
The first stage of the research systematically examines the Social Return on Education and Training (SRET) for individuals and organisations. Future studies seek to chart the needs and barriers for developing the key competencies required in the critical NFP sector, and identify the most effective and efficient mechanisms by which to develop them on a national scale.
You can find more information about the research program at the UWA website, and download the report below.